I am waiting at the gate with tree pieces of stuffed luggage around me. The last couple of weeks in the Netherlands have been increasingly daunting as I saw the lovely summer evenings being replaced by increasingly chilly days and long nights. My memories of summer are blown through the streets in gusts of red and brown leaves. Despite five great months with friends and family, I am impatient to return to the Caribbean where Hope and my Cape Verdean love Katia are waiting for me. Katia too thinks it’s time as she flew back six weeks before me and had enough of being on board without me.
An idyllic journey on the Pacific Ocean
I met Katia in 2012 in the Cape Verdes and since then we are sailing the world with my 34 feet sailing yacht Hope. After three years in the Atlantic Ocean Hope is bound for Panama in February where she will finally sail into the Pacific ocean. Before us are thousands of tropical islands, atols and isolated cultures. The Pacific Ocean is a vast expanse of ocean and it feels like leap of faith. I am all the more grateful that I am going to make this trip with Katia.
Seized by the moment
When I set sail from the Netherlands I thought the way I was trained, as a lawyer. I wanted to sail the world in three years and thought I could estimate when I would be where. Thinking back of all the nice plans makes me smile. In January 2012 I planned to enjoy a nice week on an uninhabited island and it changed the way I thought. We were anchored off the uninhabited island of St. Luzia with two other boats and we celebrated life. During the days we fished and during the nights we sang and played music. A thirty year old Frenchman inspired me to travel more in the moment: “Joshua, I live every moment and stay until I leave, I don’t have a schedule. I might have a direction but I don’t have fixed plans, they stand between myself and the moment. What a purist, I could learn a lot from that man!
The Cape Verdes gave me a lot
After the encounter with the Frenchman I decided to stay in the Cape Verdes. The islands gave me everything a young sailor can wish for; new friendships, beautiful music, different islands and last but not least an abundance of gorgeous women outnumbering the men in a ratio of four to one. I got a combo job as captain on a luxury yacht and marketing executive. An amazing job encompassing my two biggest hobbies; sailing and being and working as entrepreneur. I learnt to speak Creolo, Portuguese and after I calmed down Katia came into my life. On the Cape Verdes I learnt I could make it anywhere in the world. It was hard to say goodbye last year but South America and the Caribbean filled the gap while the islands where never far with Katia by my side.
The year is promising. I will make more video’s and pictures and with the refurbished website I hope the updates will be easier and more pleasant to follow. We also provide updates when at sea as we joined forces with Xtreme Districts which provided the new Iridium GO satellite hub and data prescription. To follow at sea just like our Facebook Page. Finally we are very happy to welcome Carl Stahl who provided Hope with top quality rigging before departure and who is now also our official partner.